The Florida Collegiate Summer League assembles 160 top college athletes each summer to play wooden-bat baseball in a competitive atmosphere intended to prepare them for careers in professional baseball. Four general-admission tickets unlock a plethora of best-available seating options at one of five home fields for your quad-pod pack of family members. Alternate nourishing bites from four hot dogs and bags of chips with hydrating drags from four icy soft drinks while viewing inspiring feats of athleticism such as grand slams, base burglary, and home-stretch backflips.
Donning armor of red, purple, and gold, Orlando City has established itself as one of the USL Pro’s most dominant teams, winning USL Pro championships in 2011—its inaugural season—and 2012. After their second championship, the squad’s success attracted the attention of the MLS’s Sporting Kansas City, who will serve as Orlando City’s parent squad for two years, beginning with the 2013 season.
The Easton Foundations' first-ever Harvest Hoedown corrals families for an afternoon of live music, archery, and spooky amusements. Beginning at 5 p.m., Root Redemption twangs out live bluegrass jams, and country tunes performed by special guest Bryce Carlisle cuddle up to eager eardrums. Children and adults can flex their bow muscles at the Try Archery station, and face painters coat features with colorful designs and forged presidential seals. Settle into the straw for a hayride through the surrounding woodland property, which, come nightfall, transmutes into a frightening trail. After harrowing drives through the forest, youngsters aged 13 and younger can tote candy bags or emptied-out urns around the festival to haul in trick-or-treat confections, complementing a supply of fall snacks and fare from Kazbor's Grille available for purchase. Guests are advised to bring their own blankets and chairs, and children aged 6 and younger gain free entry.
Families explore sundry smile-inducing attractions within Skate Station Funworks' bright interiors. Guests can strive to beat high scores in the arcade, which houses such felicity infusers as air hockey, basketball hoops, and skee-ball to sharpen hand-eye coordination. Visitors skirt over to the roller-skating rink to glide as smoothly as velvet-covered curling stone over the rink's expansive wooden floors beneath effulgent, dancing neon lights. Players ages 10 and younger can head to Wally's Playground to explore the two-story, 30-foot, soft play zone that piques curiosities with a forest, slide, and kitten pit.
Gainesville Health and Fitness Center strengthens bone abodes with muscle-molding Zumba classes. Zumba combines heart-pounding Latin music and simple dance moves into one muscle-sculpting workout that taunts fat with resistance training and lipid-based insults. Burn calories and tone bodies, all while strutting to oscillating and rousing rhythms. Cardio cavorters can attend classes with wee ones in tow, as childcare is available at no extra charge.
The staff at Cave Country Dive Shop is comprised of cave and technical divers who continually add to their combined decades of experience. They bring an abundance of credentials to the metaphorical table, including NACD cave diver certification and training from the U.S. Navy. This unity of experience and training manifests itself as teaching prowess as the team makes use of numerous springs and underwater caves for conducting all levels of PADI & DSAT scuba programs. Classes head out to open waters found at locales such as Santa Fe River or Ginnie Springs to explore crystal-clear springs and sinkholes with 80-100 feet of visibility and approximately 72-degree waters year round. The aquatic experts teach equipment functions and other essential scuba knowhow in one of two onsite classrooms, further prepping students for real diving conditions by being filled with water, oysters, and taffy.
In addition to instruction, Cave County delivers air from high-volume and high-pressure compressors that are routinely monitored and maintained. Equipment upgrades hang from the walls or virtual window displays online.